Sunday, October 01, 2006

OK all German stuff this week!

Walter Wegmüller - Tarot (1973)
This was the third Kosmische Kuriere / Cosmic Jokers large scale project, predated by Ash Ra Temple's "Seven Up" (August 1972) and Sergius Golowin's "Lord Krishna von Goloka" (Autumn 1972). The big attraction here is undoubtedly Manuel Gottsching (from Ash Ra Temple) with his brilliant guitar playing. Klaus Schulze (electronics) was another great asset, adding his impressive and characterstic "cosmic" electronic sounds. Klaus Schulze even read his own poem on "Der Weise". Hartmut Enke (also from Ash Ra Temple) for once passed the bass over to Jerry Berkers (ex-Wallenstein) and instead enjoyed guitar battles with Gottsching. Bernd Witthuser (of Witthuser & Westrupp) played acoustic guitar. The conventional keyboards, mainly piano, were played by Jurgen Dollase from Wallenstein. Berkers and Harald Grosskopf (drums, percussion) had just left this group.

Water Wegmuller wrote the lyrics and sang (well, he spoke!) on most of the tracks. Dieter Dierks and Rosi Muller were also credited - as guests. The music is stunning and varied - cosmic mayhem recalling Ash Ra Tempel's "Seven Up", electronic sound paintings a la Klaus Schulze, heavy guitar-based acid blues numbers, folky songs with acoustic guitar, mellotron and organ excursions. Actually the compositions on Tarot are more "together" than on the two preceding Kosmische Kuriere projects and easily the best! On sides 1 to 3 the tracks are more or less clearly separated, on side 4 they formed a continuous suite. Tarot was recorded in December 1972 in the Dierks studio, Stommeln. The next Kosmische Kuriere projects would be the three albums by Cosmic Jokers, compiled from jam session, recorded between February and May 1973, and two strange samplers: Gilles Zeitschiff and Sci Fi Party. (Cosmic Dreams At Play)

Part 1 Part 2
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Cosmic Jokers - Gilles Zeitschiff (1974)
Definitely not the best Cosmic Jokers release, but 'Gilles Zeitschiff' (Gille's Spaceship) [timeship?] is perhaps the freakiest artifact to come out of the Cosmic Jokers' short existence. A pastiche concept 'sampler', the album contains heavily overdubbed excerpts from the Kosmische Kuriere projects: 'Seven Up', 'Lord Krishna Von Goloka', and 'Tarot'. The material is spiced up by additional material recorded by Klaus Schulze and Gille Lettman. Schulze's signature cosmic synthesizer sound is used to full effect while Gille can be heard delivering an acid drenched narration in German and English. The narration details the power of 'Mr. Energy', Timothy Leary, and how he became involved with the Kosmische Kuriere group. In case you weren't aware, Gille makes it known that Timothy is a love god and that "T. L. stands for true love". Obviously the effect which Mr. Leary had on Gille was out of this world. Plain and simple, 'Gilles Zeitschiff' is krautrock in its purest form and the album should make its way into your collection at some point. This one is best listened to with head phones! (


Herbert F. Bairy - Traumspiel (1979)
Thanks to 'dtfloyd' from France who sent me this one, which I had never heard of. It's a real eccentric album from 1979 by percussionist Bairy, who appears here with a large ensemble that includes a second drummer/percussionist, synthesizers, Indian/eastern instruments, cello, clarinet, electric guitars and bass, trumpets, church organ, soprano sax and wordless male and femal voices. Pretty wild and spacious, this is not a free-form blow out, but something that pretty much resembles the title of the work translated into English: "dream game". Two long tracks and two short tracks. Unusual and interesting!!


Ardo Dombec - Ardo Dombec (1971)
Not much is known about ARDO DOMBEC except that they were an early 70's German prog band who released an album with a heavy, bluesy, and slightly jazzy feel, ending up barely sounding German at all. Often compared to COLOSSEUM, their music features a lot of saxophone, often matched by electric guitar and flute. Their arrangements are upbeat and bright, yet the lyrics are rather dark and cynical in contrast. The band consisted of Helmut Hachmann on sax and flute, Harald Gleu on guitar and vocals, Wolfgang Spillner on drums and vocals, and Michael Ufer on bass.

Their only cd, entitled simply "Ardo Dombec" (1971), collects just about everything the band has ever recorded. At times, their jazzy material flirts with pop and at other times, it sounds downright baroque. The band obviously enjoys strange and complex rhythms, SOFT MACHINE style. Although they seem to favour vocal tracks (which aren't exactly their forte), it is in the instrumental sections that they truly shine. Technically speaking, the musicianship is fairly good but the compositions may lack a little inspiration and excitement.

Not an essential album, but definitely worth a listen, if only for Hachmann's heavy sax grooves. (


Shaa Khan - The World Will End On Friday (1977)
Like many young bands, Shaa Khan were formed as a student group playing the music of their heroes, and in 1970 their staple repertoire was built on a diet of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin numbers. Via a trek into jazz-rock, and then after supporting the likes of Earth & Fire, UFO and Nektar, the 1976 incarnation had gained a complex and lyrical progressive rock style comparable to Grobschnitt, Gentle Giant and Druid. With dual lead vocalists and inventive instrumental work, their debut "The World Will End On Friday" was a fine example of the genre, and a surprisingly fresh album stepping on from Grobschnitt's "Jumbo". (Crack In The Cosmic Egg)


Wallenstein - Blitzkrieg (1971)
Wallenstein were one of Germany's best known "space rock" bands, clearly indebted to Pink Floyd but also developing a personal style of their own. Jürgen Dollase founded the group "Blitzkrieg" as an international group with Bill Barone (from the USA), Jerry Berkers (from the Netherlands) and Harald Grosskopf (from Germany!). Dollase had previously studied art and classical music. In late Autumn 1971 Blitzkrieg had the repertoire ready for an album, but as a British group already was using the name "Blitzkrieg", the German group changed their name to Wallenstein and kept Blitzkrieg as the title of their first album. This featured four very long tracks in a symphonic progressive rock style (all written by Dollase) and almost completely instrumental. Dense, complex and powerful stuff! (Cosmic Dreams At Play)

Blitzkrieg in .flac format: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Walpurgis "Queen Of Saba" (1972)
'Queen of Saba' is a strange bird. Part folk, part rock, part 'space rock', the album has its share of good and dull moments. Walpurgis features Jürgen Dollase of Wallenstein on keyboards and piano. The first track, the aptly titled, 'Disappointment', sounds like a not-so-pompous version of Wallenstein. The second track, 'Hey You Over There', picks up a bit, but still their guitar-based sound is dominated by a Hendrix-esque Anglo-American feel. The title track, 'Queen Of Saba', has a unique dark sound that reminds me of what early Pere Ubu sounded like. This track also has a nice musical bridge which has a feel similar to A Saucerful Of Secrets. The rest of the album is dominated by a standard 'space rock' sound encompassing acoustic rythm guitar, electric lead guitar, conga percussion and drums. Musically, it is these three tracks which carry the album. It seems to me like the guitarist from Boston must have listened to and borrowed the guitar riffs heard in 'Daily' and 'My Last Illusion'. As a whole this album is the closest thing to standard rock that the Ohr label ever released. My biggest con about the album is that the vocals, in English, are extremely weak and sound strained in many spots! They should have stuck with native German! (Doug, Krautrock Album Database)


Well there you have it - some great, some maybe not that great. But all very interesting at least, and well worth downloading! See ya!


Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:10 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anonymous - people like you really get up my nose. You used all caps which is the same as shouting. You didn't leave a name. You can't be bothered to say hello or thanks for all the files you've already gotten from this blog. You didn't give any useful information so you could be helped. You just bitched!

Actually premium users are getting the files. I hope you never get any more though.

7:34 AM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha !!
Happy to see you again with the mighty krautrock and other good 70's music !!
Merci beaucoup.


8:51 AM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Clive said...

Hi, enjoy the blog but can't seem to download any of the files lately. Rapid Share is getting harder and harder to navigate and get to download stuff for free. I would take out a Premium Account if i felt some of its income was coming to you. Is that the case? if not, are there any other upload sites that might be more user firnedly and have you considered them?

9:36 AM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous freddie said...

marvelous Deustch stuff! Danke, garcolga!

1:25 PM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Aveek from India said...

Hi Garcolga,

Nice stuff this week. Walpurgis - Queen Of Saba is excellent...searched a lot for this one.


2:10 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Hendrixphan said...

excellent selection this week Gar as always haven't seen you post anything crazy you have been looking for on here in a while got any wild albums you can't find?


5:33 PM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi GarColga.It is really a blessing all this music which made many of us really happy.I always thought music make us tender and sensitive.Don't be so furious whith just one comment.I thanked many times in the past for your great music even the times i didn't sent a comment.Mondays are more interesting excpecting your files.If a name is really neccesary my name is Forgiveness.
Thank You.

2:20 AM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger panos1 said...

great stuff i am from greece!i like german prog,but mostly i like groups like ash ra tempel,mythos,wallenstein etc...!

My favorites artist are Klaus Schulze ,andreas vollenweider,robert schroeder,and ofcource Manuel Gottsching

Unfortunately in my country stuff like this is rare and no many infos about them!not even british prog or psychedelia!
Its funny this word psychedelia is a ancient greek word means the "upgrate of the soul",but in greece this music is under a bad misunderstanding!
[sorry for my english},and congratulation for your site!

5:05 AM, October 03, 2006  
Anonymous proghog said...

Hi GarColga,

Choice titles this week mate !!! I think the links work great btw... and I hope you're not getting hassled still... keep up the wonderful work of sharing this music !! All the best !!

8:26 PM, October 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, GarColga. Nice to have you back and love your posts!

A question for everyone: Do you find (free) rapidshare extremely slow in the last 4-6 weeks? I am in the Northeast US and am getting 12-15 KByte/sec lately. The drop in speed seemed to start around the same time that they increased the maximum file size. I used to always get 50-60 KByte/sec for the year before that.

Also, is the Premium rapidshare also this slow (lately)? I was thinking of getting an account, but there's no way that I would pay for speeds this slow.

Thanks for your inputs!

10:08 PM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Gilles - thanks!

Hello Clive - sorry but for whatever faults RapidShare might have it is still the fastest and most reliable file hoster and I will stick with it. I have just too many files to upload them to another service that may not be there tomorrow. Any blogger that remembers when Q-File went down will know what I'm talking about. RapidShare is promising an upgrade in it's service starting on Oct. 15th and let's hope for the best. And no I don't get any money from RapidShare.

Hi Freddie - You're welcome!

Hello Aveek - Nice to hear from you - and you are welcome.

Hello Ryan - Not looking for anything particular really - but if somebody wanted to rip the Erlkoenig album at 320 & scan the covers that would be cool!!

Hello anonymous - I forgive everybody for everything!!

Hi panos1 - thanks for the comment! Glad you like the blog.

Hello proghog - thanks!

Hi anonymous - I think RapidShare has been having some growing pains lately. I have a premium account and have had a few slow downloads, but mostly I get blazing speeds from them - 350-400 k/bs!

4:04 PM, October 05, 2006  
Blogger panos1 said...

350-400 kbs ???????????????

Ok mostly i blame our greek providers!

I got 100 with 1mbs,and after the upgrate to 2mbs i get 50-70!

4:46 AM, October 06, 2006  
Anonymous Marius said...

hello! good to see you!
don´t bother with those who say shit.

i saw that you renew some files - lucifer´s friend´s the groupies... is broke

sorry by my bad english
thank you again

12:54 PM, October 06, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi panos1 - still, 50-70 isn't that bad.

Hello marius - there's nothing wrong with that link!

3:17 PM, October 06, 2006  
Blogger BlackwatchPlaid said...

Hey there, man! I was just wondering how a premium user can manage to download using the method you have employed? Seems that it automatically selects the free method, can't seem to find a way around that and download using a premium account...

5:12 PM, October 06, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi BlackwatchPlaid - when I click on the 'download now' button on the paylesssofts page, the next page I get is a RapidShare page with the d/l links - and "PREMIUM-Downloader 2*9*6 (Logout)"

Maybe you aren't logged into your account or something. Might be a cookie issue.

Sorry to say - I've no clue!

6:02 PM, October 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi GarColga and panos1 - thanks for your feedback. I found out my router has been the problem these last few months (grrrrr!). I popped the cover off it and a couple of the chips are getting really hot. I cooled them off with a little fan and the old RS speed popped right back to 60 KByte/sec (480 kbit/s). I've had it for 5 years - I guess that's about all you can expect from cheap electronics these days...


7:34 PM, October 06, 2006  
Anonymous Marius said...

great, thank you - icannot finish my downs - i don´t know waht´s going - i was trying to download Sabicas 66 and stopped on 20% - thanks for your effort forever

8:10 PM, October 06, 2006  
Anonymous Langero said...

Thank you very much from Germany for this great blog with fantastic music.
I dl´ed two LP´s, I tried to get for decades (!) now ('Mon Dyh - Am Galgen' &
'Anyones Daughter - Adonis'). Both Albums are not available in Germany anymore.

Thanks again. Great Blog !!!


12:24 PM, October 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Big Thanks for this great blog!!

Im Looking for Mythos Dreamlab, do you have it ?

Thanks a lot again!

1:45 AM, October 08, 2006  
Anonymous Langero said...


I´m looking for 'Anyones Daughter - Piktor´s Verwandlungen'.

Have you got it and could you up it ?

Gruss und Danke


10:10 AM, October 08, 2006  
Blogger Squiggy said...

Just wanted to thank you for all the great music I've gotten from you. Great job and keep up the good work!!

9:30 AM, October 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Robert Palmer. I've tried for three days to d/l it but keep getting "Your session has expired." Oh well...I'll try again.
Despite this hassle it's good to see you back, Now when I mention Bloodwyn Pig maybe I won't get so many blank stares.

3:12 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fourth tinme was the charm. Victory over payless. Quick story...A few months before Palmer died a local "wacky morning show" had him on the phone. The "funny" bit was the show acted like they wanted to talk with Arnold Palmer. Robert ran out of patience real fast with this crap and hung up.

10:28 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Walpurgis LP!! And thanks for your great site!!

6:54 PM, November 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!I wanto to thank You for uploading Walpurgis.Nice piece of music for my ears.


6:18 AM, August 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garcolga, your blog is wonderful. Thanks for all the great music.

12:50 PM, May 23, 2010  

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